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Wills, Trusts & Estates


Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 9:21 AM

Limitation periods in estate litigation: Using the Limitations Act alarm_clock_sm

This is part two of the series on limitation periods in estate litigation. You may recall that part one focused on the applicability of ss. 4 and 5 of the Limitations Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 24, Sched. B in will challenge proceedings. This article will focus on the applicability of s. 16(1)(a) of the Limitations Act in estate litigation and when the act can be used in support of the position that there is no limitation period. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

Why Libra could be a cryptocurrency game changer Libra_coin_sm

Facebook has announced a new cryptocurrency, Libra, that looks to shake up the cryptocurrency marketplace in at least the same degree as the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009 changed the concept of money. Moreover, it offers real potential to profoundly modify international commerce. Libra is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2020. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Two judges appointed to Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench

The federal Department of Justice on June 27 announced judicial appointments for the province of Manitoba. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Statement of Principles stays for now as LSO Convocation becomes mired in debate Malcolm Mercer sm

After a full day of debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) was unable to come to a decision on the diversity initiative that has not only divided Convocation, but the profession as well. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 8:26 AM

Limitation periods in estate litigation: Will challenges alarm_clock_sm

This is the first of three articles regarding the applicability of limitation periods in estate litigation. This article focuses specifically on will challenges. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:21 PM

RESP ownership in family law, estate planning Mortarboard_with_coins

Family law lawyers often negotiate settlements so that both spouses benefit from the distribution of a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) to help with their contributions to their children’s education. Family law lawyers should understand the ownership structure of an RESP to ensure that their client is not prejudiced by the arrangement in the settlement, particularly in the case of a family with a child with a disability. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Ottawa appoints Smith as chief justice of N.S. Supreme Court

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the appointment of Deborah K. Smith as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

INTERESTS IN LAND - Homesteads - Joint tenancies - Partition

Appeal by the husband from trial decision finding that there was a severance of the joint tenancy of the former matrimonial home and ordering its sale. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 9:09 AM

Implicit behaviour guidelines for counsel served up in appeal decision fighting_lawyers_sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has recently issued a sharp caution to counsel who maintain their excessively adversarial positions over and above their duty to the court. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Two new associates for Stewart McKelvey in P.E.I.

Stewart McKelvey announced that Will Cann and Michael Carver have recently joined the firm’s office in Charlottetown as associates. ... [read more]